Dr. Santiago Figuereo was born in Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic. He grew up in Santo Domingo, got married on 1986 and has 4 children. He studied medicine, at Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo, in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, and graduated Cum Laude from Medical School in 1989. On October 1990 Dr. Figuereo adquired his Medical License and worked in his native country at the Instituto Dominicano de Seguros Sociales and at Clinica Abreu. Dr. Figuereo's passion for neurosurgery motivated him to look for better opportunities and it was on 1995 when the family decided to move to United States in support to pursue his dream to become a Neurosurgeon. It was a challenged and a difficult decision, and after years of hard work Santiago became the first Dominican Medical School Graduate to become a Neurosurgeon in the United States, and also became the first Dominican to achieve the Board Certification by the American Board of Neurological Surgery, and is also Board Certified by the American College of Surgeons. As part of his training, Dr. Figuereo did 2 years of General Surgery at Graduate Hospital in Philadelphia, PA, he did his residential training in Neurosurgery at Loma Linda University Medical Center, in Loma Linda, CA, he has a fellowship in neurosurgery at University of Washington, in Seattle, WA and a Functional Neurosurgery Fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Figuereo was a standing faculty and assistant professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine, and was Chief of the Neurosurgery Division at the Philadelphia Veterans Administration Medical Center in Philadelphia, PA. In 2007, Dr Santiago Figuereo and his family took the decision to move to Miami, FL to be closer to their native country. A year later, Dr. Figuereo decided to start his private practice and opened several clinics. Dr. Figuereo has a specialized interest in endoscopic procedures for intracranial, skull base and pituitary tumors. He is one of the few functional neurosurgery fellowship-trained neurosurgeons in Florida and is nationally and internationally recognized for his expertise in surgically managing movement disorders, including deep brain stimulation for Parkinson's disease and surgical procedures for epilepsy. His participation in several research projects entailed him to win the first place in a scientific investigation at the Basic Science Southern California and Region IX American College of Surgeons Trauma Paper Competition. He is member of important professional and scientific societies, some of them are American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Congress of Neurological Surgeons, American Medical Association, Minimally Invasive Spine Society, North American Spine Society, AO North America, Society for Neuro-Oncology, California Association of Neurological Surgeons, Asociación Médica Dominicana, Dominican Health Care Association of Florida, Florida Medical Association, Asociación Dominicana de Neurología y Neurocirugía, Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine, London, United Kingdom. Dr. Figuereo also collaborates with spine bioengineers to develop new neurosurgical procedures and design innovative instruments used national and internationally for minimally invasive spine surgery. Dr. Figuereo most recent development is a surgical technique to treat Pseudotumor Cerebri, also known as Benign Intracraneal Hypertension or Idiopatic Intracraneal Hypertension. Traditionally this type of procedure was characterized to be unsuccessfull, due to the difficulties eliminating the terrible symptoms. Patients who were submitted to this new technique have experienced an immediate improvement where the pain and the discomfort has been diminished, bringing a hope to a population affected by a terrible condition that until recently was believed as something impossible to treat.
We are committed to offering our patients the most advanced, state-of-the-art neurosurgical procedures for disorders of the spine and brain. Santiago Figuereo, MD brings his unique expertise in minimally invasive neurosurgery procedures of the spine and brain to South Florida as one of few in the region who performs them. Dr. Figuereo works in close collaboration with neurologists, ENTs, oncologists, and other specialists to provide patients with the best surgical outcome and treatment plan.
Dr. Figuereo's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:
Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
Specializes in Neurosurgery
Board certified in Neurosurgery
No malpractice claims found
No sanctions found
No board actions found
Neurological Spine Surgery
Accredited by: American Board of Medical Specialties*
Why It Matters: Dr. Figuereo's Board Certifications
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Board certification indicates that a doctor is highly qualified in the medical field in which he or she practices. A board-certified doctor is more likely than a non-board-certified doctor to have the most current skills and knowledge about how to treat your medical condition.
Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
Cerebral Artery Thrombosis
Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF Leak)
Cervical Spine Myelopathy
Degenerative Disc Disease
Intervertebral Disc Disease
Low Back Pain
Lumbar Spine Fracture
Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
Osteoarthritis of Spine
Pathological Spine Fracture
Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
Spinal Cord Injury
Spinal Cord Tumor
Spine Fractures, Traumatic
Thoracic Spine Fracture
Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
Traumatic Brain Injury
Vertebral Column Tumors
Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Shunt - Insertion, Repair or Removal
Craniectomy, Craniotomy, Surgery of Skull Base, Neuroendoscopy
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No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
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0 Board Actions
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Pennsylvania State University / College of Medicine
Undergraduate School | Graduated 2004
Medical School | Graduated 1989
Internship Hospital | Completed 1997
Loma Linda University Medical Center
Residency Hospital | Completed 2003
Washington University School of Medicine
Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1998
Awards & Recognition
Awards & Honors
Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications
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Awards & Recognition
What is a recognized doctor?
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Are board certified.
Have not had their license surrendered or revoked since Healthgrades started collecting data in 2000.
Have no malpractice judgments, adverse arbitration awards, or monetary settlements for the last five years in the states in which Healthgrades can collect malpractice data.
Are free of state or federal disciplinary actions (sanctions) for the last five years.
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We remove a newly sanctioned doctor from the Recognized Doctor list as soon as we receive the information. However, it is important to note that malpractice information is publically available in only 14 states.
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